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Two Appointments to Teagasc Authority

Cliona Murphy, Glounthaune, Co Cork and Liam Woulfe, Adare, Co Limerick have been appointed to the Teagasc Authority for five-year terms by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD. At the Teagasc board meeting today, Wednesday, 6 May, in Teagasc, Clonakilty, County Cork, the Chairman of Teagasc, Dr Noel Cawley welcomed both new members and congratulated them on their appointment.

Cliona Murphy is Vice President Technical for PepsiCo Worldwide Flavours, based in Cork with global responsibility for Research & Development, Quality, Engineering, Environmental Health & Safety, and Global Quality Services. She has worked with PepsiCo since 1997, and during her career she had many roles including R&D Director, Walkers UK, PepsiCo Senior Director R&D China Foods and PepsiCo Senior Director R&D Asia Pacific. In her early career she worked for Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) plc. Cliona graduated from Trinity College with a Degree in Computer Engineering, before completing a Diploma in Management Studies in Manchester Metropolitan University. She also completed the Strategic R&D management programme at INSEAD and the Strategic Innovation Leadership programme at Kellogg’s. Cliona is on the Board of Cork Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the AMCHAM Ireland Research and Development committee.

Liam Woulfe is Managing Director of Grassland AGRO and of Freshgrass Group.

In 2002 Liam formed Freshgrass Investments and this venture then acquired Grassland Fertilizers as well as 50% of Drummonds as a joint venture with Liffey Mills in 2009. In 2013 Grassland acquired the Irish business of the major French AGRO supplies company Groupe Roullier while simultaneously Groupe Roullier acquired a 50% stake in Grassland to form Grassland AGRO. Previously, Liam was General Manager of the Dairies Division of Kerry Group after being an executive Director of Golden Vale plc for 15 years. Liam started his career with NCF Co-op (now Aurivo) in 1982. Liam graduated in Dairy Science from UCC and with a Masters in Executive Leadership from University of Ulster. Liam is a qualified Chartered Director from the Institute of Directors, London and is a Director of 12 companies. Liam was the Cecil King-Ireland Young Manager of the Year in 1994. He was an EY finalist in the Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013. He has invested in a number of Green Energy Projects including Biomass, Wind and Solar companies.